Pres­i­dent PSF for col­lec­tive ef­forts to pro­mote Squash Cash prizes awarded to tri­umphant play­ers

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

MIAN ARSHAD ISLAMABAD—Chief of the Air Staff, Pak­istan Air Force (PAF), Air Chief Mar­shal So­hail Aman, who is also Pres­i­dent Pak­istan Squash Fed­er­a­tion (PSF) Mon­day un­der­lined the need for col­lec­tive ef­forts by the pro­vin­cial squash as­so­ci­a­tions and other PSF mem­bers to pro­mote the game.

Pre­sid­ing over the 43rd An­nual Gen­eral meet­ing of PSF at the Air Head­quar­ters here, he urged the play­ers to fo­cus on the game and fur­ther im­prove their phys­i­cal and men­tal strength. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of pro­vin­cial squash as­so­ci­a­tions, af­fil­i­ated mem­bers and Pak­istan Sports Board were also present in the meet­ing.

The meet­ing also unan­i­mously elected Qa­mar Za­man and Tahir Khan­zada as Vice Pres­i­dents of PSF for a pe­riod of four years. As­sur­ing fi­nan­cial and ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port by PAF, the PSF Pres­i­dent asked the mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions to gen­er­ate fur­ther re­sources to meet the chal­leng­ing task through an im­proved sys­tem.

So­hail Aman di­rected the mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions to pro­mote Squash at the grass­roots level and in­crease the num­ber of play­ers.

He also de­sired to in­tro­duce the game in schools and col­leges and ex­tract tal­ent for their fur­ther groom­ing at the na­tional and international level.

Ad­dress­ing the gen­eral coun­cil mem­bers, Pres­i­dent PSF thanked them for their par­tic­i­pa­tion and of­fered whole hearted sup­port of PAF as well as PSF for the pro­mo­tion of Squash.

While re­view­ing PSF ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the year 2015, the Pres­i­dent PSF showed his sat­is­fac­tion over the hec­tic ef­forts be­ing made for the re­vival of international squash in Pak­istan, de­vel­op­ment of acad­e­mies and some out­stand­ing per­for­mances by the Pak­istani play­ers and win­ning Gold and Sil­ver medals dur­ing the Asian and World level com­pe­ti­tions.

The suc­cess­ful con­duct of Pak­istanE­gypt Squash Se­ries at PAF Mu­seum, re­cent vic­tory of Pak­istan team dur­ing Asian Team Cham­pi­onship, 2016 and hold­ing of four ma­jor PSA tour­na­ments of $ 25,000 prize money each with international play­ers par­tic­i­pa­tion was also lauded by the gen­eral coun­cil.

The per­for­mance eval­u­a­tion of pro­vin­cial as­so­ci­a­tions for the year 2015 was also car­ried out by the gen­eral coun­cil.

The KP Squash As­so­ci­a­tion was awarded the Win­ner’s Tro­phy for Pride of Per­for­mance; whereas, Pun­jab Squash As­so­ci­a­tion stood run­ners up.

The Pres­i­dent PSF pre­sented tro­phies to the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of pro­vin­cial as­so­ci­a­tions.

The coun­cil meet­ing also agreed that the PSF would con­tinue to spon­sor men and women play­ers in international team events for which their se­lec­tion would be made through trans­par­ent tri­als and per­for­mance. More­over, in the Pro­vin­cial Squash As­so­ci­a­tion events, per­for­mance­based spon­sor­ship would also be given.

The PSF meet­ing con­cluded with the hope to re­vive Pak­istan’s as­cen­dancy in the international arena of Squash. Chief of the Air Staff, Pak­istan Air Force (PAF), Air Chief Mar­shal So­hail Aman, who is also Pres­i­dent Pak­istan Squash Fed­er­a­tion (PSF), awarded cash prizes to Pak­istan squash team on win­ning the gold medal dur­ing Asian Squash Team Cham­pi­onship held at Chi­nese Taipei in May, 2016.

“The Pres­i­dent PSF highly com­mended the per­for­mance of Gold Medal­ist na­tional team in the Asian Squash Team Cham­pi­onship,” said a PAF press re­lease Mon­day.

Pak­istan squash con­tin­gent com­pris­ing Farhan Za­man, Farhan Me­hboob, Tayyab As­lam and Is­rar Ah­mad par­tic­i­pated in the cham­pi­onship along with Fahim Gul and Group Cap­tain Amir Nawaz as Coach and Man­ager re­spec­tively.

In the ini­tial pool matches, Pak­istan team de­feated Sin­ga­pore and Sri Lanka; whereas, in the Quar­ter­fi­nals, Pak­istan beat Iraq.

Sub­se­quently in Semi­fi­nals, Pak­istan team had a tough com­pe­ti­tion against In­dia.How­ever, af­ter about a three-hour match, Pak­istan de­feated In­dia with a game score of 2-1 and proved their worth to qual­ify for the fi­nals.

On May 15, 2016 Pak­istan team played the fi­nals against Hong Kong and won the gold medal in the pres­ti­gious Cham­pi­onship.

The Pres­i­dent PSF re­it­er­ated the com­mit­ment of PSF to sup­port the top squash play­ers.He, how­ever, urged the play­ers to work hard to bring more lau­rels for the coun­try.

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